LIT 281: PARADIGMS OF MODERN THOUGHT

THE CONCEPT OF THE GLOBAL

Duke University, Fall 1999



Professor Kenneth Surin
114 Art Museum Building, East Campus
Tel# 684-4364
e-mail: ksurin@acpub.duke.edu
home page: http://www.duke.edu/~ksurin/

Office Hours: please sign up on sheets on my office door or make an appointment


The class will be run as a seminar, though in the first part of each class the instructor will speak of the salient features of the topic(s) set for that particular day. Few books will be read in order to encourage close and detailed readings of the texts. The books for this course can be purchased from the Textbook Store in the Bryan Center.

REQUIREMENTS:

Students taking this course for credit may choose from one of two means of assessment:

(1) A 20-30 page term paper on a topic to be mutually agreed between student and instructor.

OR

(2) Three 10-page discussion/position papers on a particular theme connected with the reading material. The first of these must be submitted by Fall Break (Friday October 8, 1999).

BIBLIOGRAPHY/READING ASSIGNMENTS

The following texts are available in the Textbook Store in the Bryan Center (tel: 684-6793):
 

Ash Amin, 'Post-Fordism: Models, Fantasies, and Phantoms of Transition'*

S. Amin, Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

B. Anderson The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World

R. Cohen Global Diasporas

B. Coriat, 'Globalization, Variety, and Mass Production: The metamorphosis of Mass Production in the New Competitive Age'*

M. Featherstone (ed.) Global Culture

E. Gellner Nations and Nationalism

David Harvey, 'Flexible Accumulation through Urbanization: Reflections on "Post-modernism" in the American City'*

P. Hirst & G. Thompson Globalization in Question

M. Mann, 'The Dynamics of Ethnic Cleansing'*

C. Sabel, 'Flexible Specialisation and the Re-emergence of Regional Economies'*

S. Sassen Losing Control?: Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization

B. Sutcliffe, 'Freedom to Move in the Age of Globalization'*

L. Weiss The Myth of the Powerless State


*Items marked thus will be placed in the xerox folder in the Literature Program Student Lounge
 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Sept 1 Introductions

Sept 8 Skepticism about the Problematics Itself: P. Hirst & G. Thompson Globalization in Question

Sept 15 The World-system as Structurally Unequal: Samir Amin, Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

Sept 22 Diasporas: R. Cohen Global Diasporas

Sept 29 The State and Sovereignty I: L. Weiss The Myth of the Powerless State

Oct 6 The State and Sovereignty II: S. Sassen Losing Control?

Oct 13 Cultural Implications I: M. Featherstone Global Culture (essays by Wallerstein, Smith, Arnason)

Oct 20 Cultural Implications II: M. Featherstone Global Culture (essays by Hannerz, Appadurai, and King )

Oct 27 Nationalism I: E. Gellner Nations and Nationalism

Nov 3 Nationalism II: B. Anderson The Spectre of Comparisons (Chs 1, 2, 3, 17)

Nov 10 Questions about Production: Ash Amin, 'Post-Fordism: Models, Fantasies, and Phantoms of Transition', C. Sabel, 'Flexible Specialisation and the Re-emergence of Regional Economies', David Harvey, 'Flexible Accumulation through Urbanization: Reflections on "Post-modernism" in the American City', B. Coriat, 'Globalization, Variety, and Mass Production: The metamorphosis of Mass Production in the New Competitive Age'

Nov 17 Movements of people: Michael Mann, 'The Dynamics of Ethnic Cleansing', Bob Sutcliffe, 'Freedom to Move in the Age of Globalization'

Nov 24 Thanksgiving Break-- no class

Dec 1 Class wrap-up

LINKS

Here are some useful links for the topics covered in this class:
 

  • 1. Theory and Cultural Studies in General
  • 2. Marxism and Related Subjects  Duke University Online Catalogue